Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cheddar-Chive & Dijon Chicken Burgers

Mama Pirri is in the hospital recovering from an operation.  ;.(   We appreciate all the good thoughts and prayers.  Keep them coming!

This week has been nuts, and it's only Tuesday.  Like most people with crazy lives, I have a few quick dishes in my repertoire.  This dinner will take you no time at all.  Keep these ingredients on hand for a quick meal any night of the week. 

This burger is so creamy and rich, you'll think you're cheating on your diet!  It's actually good for you! 

DON'T FORGET:  You can click on any of my food pics to enlarge them!  Yum!  You will want to try that out on tonight's blog, for sure!

Cheddar-Chive & Dijon Chicken Burgers

A savory chicken burger, hot off the grill!

2 lbs. Ground Chicken
2 Tablespoons Grill Seasoning for Chicken
1 Cup Shredded Fat Free Cheddar Cheese*
½ Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Chives
1 Tablespoon plus one Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1 Teaspoon dried Thyme
8 large White Mushrooms, finely diced

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.  Divide into six 1/3 lb. patties.  Grill over open flame about ten minutes each side, turning once, until internal temperature reaches 160° and juices run clear.

Serve on Whole Wheat or Whole Grain Bun with Green Leaf Lettuce, Dijon-Caper Mayo and Worcestershire Red Onions.

*For a cheesy-er burger, add chunks of cheese instead!

Dijon-Caper Mayo
4 Tablespoons Canola Oil Mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard
1 Tablespoon Capers

Mix all ingredients.  Chill before serving.  Refrigerate leftovers in a covered container for up to a week.

Worcestershire Red Onions
3 small or one extra large Red Onion, sliced wafer thin
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Butter
3 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce

Add olive oil and butter  to medium skillet.  Caramelize onions over low heat.  Add Worcestershire sauce.  Stir and serve.

Serve with my Light Blue Cheese Bacon Ranch Potato Salad!

Yes, for a picture-perfect burger I should have put that single olive on a toothpick on top.  I know this!  I couldn't bring myself to put a toothpick through that perfect Kaiser roll!  Is that perfection, or what???

Sometimes, it's best not to mess with food perfection!

I'll be posting the Blue Cheese Ranch Potato Salad Recipe in a soon-to be blog called "Summertime Salads."  Stay tuned for that post!

Check out Mama Pirri's recipes and leave her good wishes! 


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